- Leadership experience which will enable the successful candidate to provide constructive challenge and to support, coach and mentor the executive.
- An interest in developing experience at Board level and some understanding of corporate governance and developing organisational strategy.
- Good judgement and a willingness to make decisions.
- Skills, knowledge, and experience in at least one of the following: Operational Delivery, Customer and Community Engagement, Climate Change and Nature Resilience/Recovery, Innovation or Research and Development. One NED will need experience of operating in Wales and engaging with Welsh Government and stakeholders.
- A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
- Coal Authority
- Sponsor department
- Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Major Projects
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- 3 day(s) per month
- £11666 per annum
- Length of term
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 11pm on 22 August 2022
Timeline for this appointment
28 June 2022
11pm on 22 August 2022
- To provide independent challenge, advice and support to the Non-Executive Chair and Executive through attendance at Board and sub-committee meetings.
- To support the Executive team in its leadership of the organisation and assist the Chief Executive to develop the organisation’s capacity and capabilities to meet its future challenges and responsibilities.
- To provide independent and objective guidance to the Board and Executive team on business development and ensure that the Board maintains compliance with the ‘Corporate governance in central government departments: Code of good practice’, and that personal compliance with the ‘Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies’ is maintained.
- One of the roles will Chair the Health, Safety and Well being Committee and the other will Chair the Sustainability Committee.
- In addition, one of the roles will be the lead member for the Coal Authority’s activities in Wales and will need to have experience of operating in Wales and engaging with Welsh Government and stakeholders.
- You will support the Executive team in its leadership of the organisation and assist the Chief Executive to develop the organisation’s capacity and capabilities to meet its future challenges and responsibilities.
- You will also provide independent and objective guidance to the Board and Executive team on business development and ensure that the Board maintains compliance with the ‘Corporate governance in central government departments: Code of good practice’, and that personal compliance with the ‘Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies’ is maintained.
Application and selection process
Your application is submitted in two parts.
Both parts must be submitted by 23:00 on 22 August 2022 in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability
- One document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria.
- Save the document as ‘Surname, First initial – URN 582 – Coal Authority
- Send to Kitty Doherty at email@example.com with URN 582 – Coal Authority in the subject heading.
Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.
- Complete this Form
We will be holding an open webinar for interested potential applicants on Friday 5 August 2022 at 12noon.
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Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.
The assessment process
Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.
An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.
At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist.
Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.
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The Panel’s recommendations will be provided to Ministers in a report which details the assessment method used and the outcome of each interview. They will then be asked to agree on the candidate(s) who should be appointed.
Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.
- Panel Chair and BEIS Representative: Jeremy Cousins
- Representative of Organisation: Jeff Halliwell (Chair of the Coal Authority)
- Independent Panel Member: Laurie Benson, Former Global Media Executive
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you are disqualified from acting as a company director (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);
have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;
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you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this.
you are subject to a current police investigation.
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Additional information for candidates
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- allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
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- allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
- making provision for support animals to attend.
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- INTEGRITY - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties;
- OBJECTIVITY - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit;
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